"Giving the public the chance to create their own artwork is simply ingenious. I expect to see things I have never even thought about"
- Alexandre Farto
Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto (b. 1987) has been interacting visually with the urban environment under the name of Vhils since his days as a prolific graffiti writer in the early- to mid-2000s. An avid experimentalist, Vhils has been developing his personal aesthetics in a plurality of media besides his signature carving technique: from stencil painting to metal etching, from pyrotechnic explosions and video to sculptural installations.
During the last few years, he has presented his work in over 30 countries around the world in solo and group exhibitions, site-specific art interventions, artistic events and projects in various contexts – from working with communities in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, to collaborations with reputed art institutions such as the EDP Foundation (Lisbon), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Barbican Centre (London), CAFA Art Museum (Beijing), or the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (San Diego), among others. An avid experimentalist, Vhils has been developing his personal aesthetics in a plurality of media besides his signature carving technique: from stencil painting to metal etching, from pyrotechnic explosions and video to sculptural installations. He has also directed several music videos, short films, and one stage production.
Photo: Alexander Silva
Lancetar Series #03, 2014 | Anagrama Series #02, 2014 (Photos: Bruno Lopes)
Photo: José Pando Lucas
Special Guest 2: VHILS
"I really enjoy working with talented people on innovative projects that help push us out of our comfort zones. This always leads to new paths and creations."
The Special Guest's Edition brings the opportunity for Vhils to break the relationship between him and the spectator, and also the chance for users to build unique artworks combining Alex’s and Felipe’s pieces. Like his world-famous work, this edition blends different carving techniques, using various elements of paint on wood panels that form a total of 15 different pieces.
"Breaking rules, breaking down walls and barriers has been a constant focus in my work. I have always been very interested in the experimental side of things, in testing and expanding limits, be they my own creative limits or the limits of what seems possible to do with materials, techniques, tools, and mediums."